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Wellness
Published Thursday Feb 06, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Our Goodnight Toolkit: 6 Products for a Better Night’s Sleep 

Expert Advice
Beauty

We’ve all been there—tossing and turning all night long, just trying to get some shut-eye. If you have trouble sleeping, try some of our favorite products to hit the hay just a little bit quicker.

Comfy PJs

Nothing gets you ready for bedtime more than a pair of cute, comfy pajamas. Whether you prefer cotton, silk, flannel, or au-natural, choose a set that makes you feel comfy and ready to catch some Zs. Hint: we love the Catie Sleep Set from Anthropologie
 
Photo credit: Anthropologie.com 

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Comfy PJs

Nothing gets you ready for bedtime more than a pair of cute, comfy pajamas. Whether you prefer cotton, silk, flannel, or au-natural, choose a set that makes you feel comfy and ready to catch some Zs. Hint: we love the Catie Sleep Set from Anthropologie
 
Photo credit: Anthropologie.com 

Essential oils 

Plug in your diffuser, and get ready to relax. Essential oils can help with relaxation and better sleep, so if you’re feeling a little restless at bedtime, diffusing some oil in your bedroom might help calm you down. Try our favorite blend—Saje’s Peaceful Slumber
 
Photo credit: Saje.com 

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Essential oils 

Plug in your diffuser, and get ready to relax. Essential oils can help with relaxation and better sleep, so if you’re feeling a little restless at bedtime, diffusing some oil in your bedroom might help calm you down. Try our favorite blend—Saje’s Peaceful Slumber
 
Photo credit: Saje.com 

Smooth sheets 

Never underestimate the importance of some really soft sheets. We love wrapping ourselves in Bhumi’s Sateen sheet set made from 100% Fairtrade organic cotton! Warning: you may never get out of bed.  
 
Photo credit: Bhumi.com

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Smooth sheets 

Never underestimate the importance of some really soft sheets. We love wrapping ourselves in Bhumi’s Sateen sheet set made from 100% Fairtrade organic cotton! Warning: you may never get out of bed.  
 
Photo credit: Bhumi.com

CBD

Using CBD can help us relax and keep our minds from racing late at night. We love to use the Jasper Organics Restful Roll-On on our neck, chest, and forearms at the end of a long day to slow down and start snoozing. Not sure exactly what CBD is? Here’s everything you need to know.
 
Photo credit: Jasperorganics.com 

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CBD

Using CBD can help us relax and keep our minds from racing late at night. We love to use the Jasper Organics Restful Roll-On on our neck, chest, and forearms at the end of a long day to slow down and start snoozing. Not sure exactly what CBD is? Here’s everything you need to know.
 
Photo credit: Jasperorganics.com 

Silk Sleep Mask 

Sometimes, we really just need to keep the light out to stay asleep throughout the night. Try Lunya’s Washable Silk Sleep Mask to block the rays and keep you cozy. Bonus: it also covers your ears to “shhh” all that background noise. 
 
Photo credit: Lunya.co

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Silk Sleep Mask 

Sometimes, we really just need to keep the light out to stay asleep throughout the night. Try Lunya’s Washable Silk Sleep Mask to block the rays and keep you cozy. Bonus: it also covers your ears to “shhh” all that background noise. 
 
Photo credit: Lunya.co

Supplements

If you’ve tried just about everything else, you may want to find some natural supplements to help increase your sleep hormone production. Try Goop’s Knock Me Out bite-size soft chew supplements when your insomnia just can’t be beaten.  
 
Photo credit: goop.com

 

Want to take it one step further? Check out some sleep-inducing habits we like to do before bed.

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Supplements

If you’ve tried just about everything else, you may want to find some natural supplements to help increase your sleep hormone production. Try Goop’s Knock Me Out bite-size soft chew supplements when your insomnia just can’t be beaten.  
 
Photo credit: goop.com

 

Want to take it one step further? Check out some sleep-inducing habits we like to do before bed.

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As MINDBODY’s Marketing Content Associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
Pregnant Kim Haile and her daughter
The Latest
Published Wednesday Apr 01, 2020 by Kim Haile

Finding Peace: Pregnant in a Pandemic

Perspective
Personal Growth

I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week.  This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life. 
 
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change. 

Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes. 

I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see. 

The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence. 

After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.  

On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.

Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time. 

Kim Haile Headshot
Written by
Kim Haile
Senior Corporate Communications Specialist
About the author
Hailing from the East Coast, Kim loves the challenge of Marketing and the fast-paced tech industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, where she endured brutal New England winters and avoided smiling while riding the T. Now a happy Californian, Kim loves the beach, HIIT workouts, and traveling with her husband and young daughter.